Hoosick Falls village tables settlement
Jan 14, 2017 12:04 am
Marie J. French reports in Politico New York that the Hoosick Falls village board tabled a possible settlement with the two companies that poisoned the water supply there in the face of many objections from residents. Over 70 people attended a special meeting of the village board to consider a settlement with Saint Gobain and Honeywell. While Mayor David Borge said the $850,000 agreement would cover the village's costs from the water contamination, residents were not impressed. “What is the rush? Where’s the fire? It’s already happened and we’re already dealing with it,” said Hoosick Falls resident Jennifer Plouffe. Many residents in the area have elevated levels of the chemical, PFOA, in their blood, because of the tainted water, and both companies had manufacturing operations in the village that used PFOA. So far, the area has been named a state Superfund site, and is proposed as a federal Superfund site. The proposed settlement would not affect civil lawsuits brought by residents. But the village would not sue the two companies in the future for anything related to the village's existing wells and water system. Hoosick Falls could sue to recover third party costs or for contamination of any future wells, according to the village's mayor. “If we allow the company that poisoned our water to get away without even a minimal admission of liability, I think we would be doing a huge, huge disservice to our community," said Ronald Sampath, a Hoosick Falls resident. Read the full story in Politico New York.